New Testament Bible Study Part 2 Final Paper



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BIBL 110 New Testament Bible Study Assignment Christian Kim Liberty University Professor Murphy September 25, 2023 Page 1 of 17
BIBL 110 N EW T ESTAMENT B IBLE S TUDY I NSTRUCTIONS For this assignment, you will be studying a chosen narrative from the Gospels that includes a question asked by Jesus. You have chosen between the following three passages: 1. Matthew 15:32-39 2. John 5:1-17 3. John 14:1-12 You will use the template below in order to complete a study of this passage. In your study, you will use the skills of Observation, Interpretation, Correlation, and Application that you have become familiar with through your reading in Everyday Bible Study, Approaching the New Testament, and The Inquisitive Christ . You will also consult and cite at least three additional scholarly sources to be incorporated throughout this assignment. I. Introduction and Thesis Statement The biblical passage in John 5:1-17 offers a profound glimpse into the ministry of Jesus Christ, portraying a miraculous healing that holds significant theological and spiritual Page 2 of 17
BIBL 110 implications. In this narrative, “He entered a large public bath not far from the temple and healed a man unable to walk for 38 years” (Shannon, 2019. p.337), ultimately Jesus restoring his health at the Bethesda pool. As we delve into this passage, we will uncover how this section corresponds to the Bible as one. This study will not only elucidate the historical context and intricacies of the text but also explore its broader theological implications, shedding light on the identity and mission of Jesus as the Son of God. In this paper, we will unravel the layers of meaning embedded within John 5:1-17, emphasizing how it parallels various realities contained in Scripture, combined with the character as well as works of Jesus. Through the healing of the infirm man at the Bethesda pool, which serves as a pivotal moment in the Gospel, studying this passage in the book of John, you may realize that Christ is also capable of making you complete. Will you be redeemed? Thereby challenging readers to recognize and embrace the profound implications of this encounter in their own lives, as it is stated by Robin Thompson, “Jesus is: a God who could not only heal but one who could offer eternal life” (Thompson, 2017. p.65) II. Observation A. I have read the passage in both a formal translation (KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, or CSB) and a functional translation (NIV, NLT, or NCV). Highlight the correct answer. You will find a copy of the NASB, ESV, CSB, and NLT in Logos. o Yes o No B. Identify the basic elements of the story you are studying Page 3 of 17
BIBL 110 1. Main characters: (List them) - Jesus - Religious Leaders (Jews) - A paralysed Man 2. Plot: (50-100 words) In John 5:1-17, the plot centers around an encounter at the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. The Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem was where sick people gathered with hopes of being cured of their illnesses” (Dunn, 2023). Jesus encounters a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus, through a miraculous healing, tells the man to pick up his mat and walk. This healing occurs on the Sabbath, leading to controversy with the religious leaders who accuse Jesus of violating the Sabbath laws. The plot highlights Jesus' compassion and divine authority, as well as the growing opposition from the religious authorities due to his actions on the Sabbath. 3. Story structure (inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action): (50-100 words) In John 5:1-17, Jesus meets a man at Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda who was paralyzed (38 years). “ Jesus knew this man’s situation without having to be told” (Piper, 2009). Jesus heals the ill man unexpectedly and directs him to take up his mat and walk. This is controversial among religious authorities since on the Sabbath, it breaches their religious precepts. When the religious leaders question Jesus about the Sabbath violation, he affirms his authority with God the Father. Jesus' justification for his conduct and the religious authorities' persistent animosity for him, who desire to punish him for his claims and deeds, are included in the falling action. Page 4 of 17
BIBL 110 4. Question(s) asked in narrative: Do you want to get well? John 5:6 NIV Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk? John 5:12 NIV C. List basic observations about this passage using the “Key Questions” for observation. Remember to consult the list of items from the observation section in studying the Gospels in Chapter 17. This will help you be more detailed in your answers to “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “why,” and “how.” This is also an excellent place to consult scholarly sources to provide detailed answers regarding context . 1. Who: Jesus is the central figure who interacts with the invalid man, heals him, and later has a confrontation with the religious leaders. A man who has been paralyzed for 38 years and is healed by Jesus. The Religious Leaders (Pharisees) confronted Jesus about the healing on the Sabbath and questioned his authority. 2. What: Page 5 of 17
BIBL 110 Jesus encounters a man who has been an invalid for 38 years by the Pool of Bethesda. Then Jesus performs a miraculous healing, instructing the man to pick up his mat and walk. Which then had the religious leaders question the healed man about carrying his mat on the Sabbath. The healed man attributes his healing and instructions to Jesus. And the religious leaders confront Jesus about the Sabbath violation and his authority. 3. Where: The events in this section took place around Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda. “The Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem was where sick people gathered with hopes of being cured of their illnesses” (Dunn, 2023). 4. When: This occurs at a Jewish holiday or celebration, in accordance to the scripture. 5. Why: To display his heavenly power and compassion, Jesus heals the ill man. In which the religious leaders confront Jesus because they feel he violated Sabbath restrictions and want to question his authority. 6. How: “Jesus knew this man’s situation without having to be told” (Piper, 2009). The paralyzed man is healed via Jesus' spoken word, which instructs him to take up his mat and walk and the conflict Page 6 of 17
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